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Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, and here you’ll find the entire Drinkhacker review archive in one place. Products are rated on a letter-grade scale that should be familiar to most, with F as our lowest, “failing” grade and the very rare A+ as our top score.

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Tasting Report: Honig Vineyard & Winery, 2009 Releases

By Christopher Null | April 6, 2009 |

Spent a lovely couple of hours at Honig Vineyard & Winery yesterday, where we toured the estate and heard about how the company approaches winemaking from a sustainability standpoint. Everything at Honig is powered by its solar panel array, which sits right amidst the vines behind the tasting room, cellars, and production building. And while…

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Review: Michael Collins Single Malt Irish Whiskey (2009)

By Christopher Null | April 4, 2009 |

We’ve looked at Michael Collins’ blended Irish before, and now we turn our attention to the distillery’s single malt, presumably a higher class of spirit and one which is winning lots of awards these days in spirits competitions. On first blush, I found Collins’ single malt hotter than expected, with a distinct alcohol kick at…

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Review: Jones Soda GABA Lineup

By Christopher Null | April 3, 2009 |

The ever-innovating soda engineers at Jones have just put out a new line of four new beverages: Combinations of brewed tea and juice, not carbonated, and sweetened with cane sugar and natural flavors. The sell: All of the varieties include GABA, or Gamma Amino Butyric Acid, a “smart drug” neurotransmitter said to “improve mental focus,…

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Review: Code Blue Recovery Drink

By Christopher Null | April 2, 2009 |

Billed as “the world’s first complete recovery drink,” Code Blue launched earlier this year with the goal of pre-de-hangover-izing the youth of America. (As with most modern hangover remedies, the idea is to drink this stuff after drinking alcohol — or during, or even before — and you’ll feel fine the next day.) And I…

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Review: Charbay Pomegranate Dessert Wine

By Christopher Null | April 2, 2009 |

Yes, pomegranate rage has now reached all the way to the wine world, with Charbay knocking out this non-vintage, pomegranate-based dessert wine (the company makes two other pomegranate products already), ready to give your digestive system a kick in the glands. Charbay starts with 100% organic pomegranates, ferments them, then arrests that fermentation when there’s…

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Review: Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila

By Christopher Null | April 1, 2009 |

As promised in February, we finally got our hands on Tres Generaciones’ Anejo tequila, so we could finally round out the line we first examined here. Though it spends six times the amount of time in oak barrels as 3G’s reposado (“at least” 12 months vs. about 2 months), this anejo is barely darker in…

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Review: Absolut Mango Vodka

By Christopher Null | March 31, 2009 |

Now out of vaguely northern European ways to spell the names of fruits, Absolut turns the mango (mangeaux?) for its latest infused vodka. The contents of Absolut Mango should not surprise you in the slightest: Absolut Swedish vodka, infused with natural mango flavor. There are no artificial additions or sugar or anything else in the…

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Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco 2009

By Christopher Null | March 31, 2009 |

What I liked about WotW 2009: It was held on a boat and, despite my usual seasickness, I didn’t get ill at all. Lots of great whiskey being poured. Despite the stairs (three levels) and the crowds (big), relatively compact venue was easy to get around in. What I didn’t like: Inexplicable 30 minutes spent…

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Review: 2007 Golan Heights Winery Golan Cabernet Sauvignon

By Christopher Null | March 30, 2009 |

I knew Israel made wine, but like most consumers I’d figured it was that cough syrup called Manischewitz and that was about it. Turns out Manischewitz is made in New York, not Israel. Real Israeli wines are far, far better, but just as kosher. With Passover a week away, interest in kosher wines is at…

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Review: Stevens Point Burly Brown Ale

By Christopher Null | March 29, 2009 |

Craft brewery Stevens Point released its latest addition to its lineup this month, Burly Brown, and American Brown Ale. I’ve tried it a few times and, while it’s a perfectly serviceable brew, “Burly” is a bit of a misnomer. There’s a good slug of hops and a strongly nutty character here, but those looking for…

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